iPhone 14 done and dusted, Apple eyes MacBook Pro launch now

    iPhone 14 launch is over and now, Apple is eyeing MacBook Pro launch and that too in October?
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Sep 24 2022, 06:32 IST
    Apple MacBook Air M2 256GB First Glance: New everything
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    1/6 Apple MacBook Air M2 brings a new minimalist design from the 14-inch MacBook Pro. The sides are now thicker and have rounded edges, while the Apple logo grows bigger on the lid. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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    2/6 Apple MacBook Air M2 gets a new 13.6-inch LCD display with slim bezels and a new notch for holding the 1080p webcam. The display is brighter than the M1 MacBook Air display. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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    3/6 Apple MacBook Air M2 also gets a new keyboard with larger keycaps, even for the Fn keys. The Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the Sleep Key is still present. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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    4/6 Apple MacBook Air M2 comes with macOS Monterey out of the box. However, it will get macOS Ventura update later in the year with the new features such as Stage Manager, Spotlight Search, and more. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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    5/6 Apple promises up to 18 hours of battery life on the MacBook Air M2, which is the same as the MacBook Air M1. The 256GB variant gets you the 30W adapter whereas the 512GB variant gets you the 36W dual port charger. It also supports the 67W fast charger that does 0-50 percent in 30 minutes. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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    6/6 Other than the MagSafe port for charging, you get two USB-C ports with support Thunderbolt 3, USB-4 and USB 3.1 Gen 2 speed formats. There is also a 3.5mm audio jack. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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    Apple MacBook Pro models reportedly launching later this year with M2 chip. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

    Apple recently added a number of new gadgets to its ecosystem during the Far Out event on September 7, including the iPhone 14 series, three new Apple Watches including the rugged version named Apple Watch Ultra, and Airpods Pro 2. However, other two major products such as iPads and MacBooks were missing during the launch event. Now, it seems that Apple is gearing up to release new MacBook Pro models in the fourth quarter of 2022, a report by DigiTimes Asia suggested.

    "Apple MacBook sales have been relatively stable compared to Wintel notebooks, according to industry sources. With the new MacBook Pro series slated to hit market shelves in the fourth quarter,” the report mentioned. This should be noted that Apple already refreshed the 13-inch MacBook Pro back in June 2022, while adding an Apple-designed new M2 chip while replacing the prior M1 chip. However, the DigiTimes report doesn't specify the models name, but MacRumours report suggests that Apple may introduce the next-generation 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro.

    The latest report reconfirmed the earlier claims by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman that the new MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips are in development and testing by Apple. However, another famous Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested that the new Apple MacBook Pro models are expected to feature minor upgrades apart from the faster chips.

    Also, it is uncertain whether these models would be equipped with 5nm or 3nm chips. “Apple is expected to hold an October event focused on the Mac and iPad, so it would be fitting for the new MacBook Pro models to be announced then,” the MacRumours report mentioned.

    Notably, while Apple started as a computer maker under the iconic co-funder Steve Jobs, the iPhone has become such a huge item that it has superseded all other products in the company's portfolio and that includes the MacBook. So, even as there was tremendous hype being generated for the iPhone 14 launch event and what the phones will look like and the tech they will pack, there is virtually none for the MacBook. And yes, the iPhone too was Jobs' brainchild.

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    First Published Date: 24 Sep, 06:32 IST
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